Coast Guard rescues 61-year-old windsurfer near Mackinaw City, Mich.

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A boatcrew from U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Mich., rescued a 61-year-old man in the Lake Huron, about ½ a nautical mile from Mackinaw City, Mich., Tuesday evening.

The man was wearing a life jacket.

Station St. Ignace was notified of a possible windsurfer in distress by a good Samaritan at 6:15 p.m.

The boatcrew launched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and located the man, who was unable right his windsurfer after falling off. He was assisted out of the water and transported to Mackinaw City Harbor in good condition.

The Coast Guard recommends boaters leave float plans with friends or family members before getting underway. A properly-filled-out float plan can provide the Coast Guard with valuable information if a boater gets in trouble and is unable to contact emergency responders. The float plan should include who to contact if the boater is overdue.

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